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Make it a CTG weekend

‘Social Security’ and ‘Little Women’ open Saturday

Posted: March 25, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2011 6:00 a.m.

“Social Security” will open at the Canyon Theatre Guild this Saturday night, March 26, at 8 p.m.

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The Canyon Theatre Guild will open two productions this Saturday, with the debut performance of "Little Women" at 2 p.m. and the opening of "Social Security" at 8 p.m.

The comedy "Social Security" focuses on a trendy Manhattan art gallery couple whose life is upended when the wife's sister from Long Island deposits their eccentric mother on the couple's doorstep while she and her husband head to Buffalo to "rescue" their daughter from her newly adopted, wild college lifestyle. The art dealers introduce the mother to a suave, spry 90-something artist and then the fun really begins. Set in the 1980s, "Social Security" is a hilarious take on the "golden years."

Directed by Ingrid Boydston, the cast features seasoned stage veterans from the Santa Clarity Valley and beyond, including Lori D'Itri, Michael Collins, Nancy Lantis, Jymn Magon, Marla Khayat and Darel Roberts. This is an adult comedy and not recommended for young audiences.

"Social Security" has performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. on March 26 and April 2, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. There will be Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 27 and April 10. Tickets are $10-$12 for juniors (under 18) and seniors (62 and over) and $12-$15 for adults. Call the box office for reservations at (661) 799-2702.

The story of "Little Women," Louisa M. Alcott's famous novel, will never grow old. The current dramatization at the CTG faithfully covers the essence of the novel, interweaving the lives of the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and Laurie, the boy next door, as they grow up happily together. What some people may not know is that Ms. Alcott actually wrote two books, the first being "Little Women" and the second, "Good Wives." It is from the first book that this script has been adapted.

The time is during the Civil War, and the place is New England. Marmee (Gin Treadwell-Eng), Meg (Charissa Wilson), Jo (Sandra Kate Burck), Beth (Tyler Joy Bannerman) and Amy (Justine Kelly) struggle during difficult times, while Mr. March (John Morris) has gone to serve as a chaplain in the Union Army. The family is poor, but happy in their love for each other, and they are cared for by their long-time maid, Hannah (Jane Arnett).

Under the direction of Randy Aronson, "Little Women" is both touching and delightful. There are Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 26 and April 2, 3, 9, 16. 17, and 23 and Sunday evening performances at 6:30 on March 27 and April 10. Tickets are $10-$12 for juniors/seniors and $12-$15 for adults. The box office number is (661) 799-2702. The CTG is located in Old Town Newhall at 24242 Main Street.

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